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April 25, 2013

Gardendale's Life Care Hospice depends on volunteers

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GARDENDALE —

Volunteers can do various types of work at the organization.

“We can use any talent people have,” said Mann, including administration, accounting, arts and crafts, legal assistance, pastoral services, hair styling, cooking and much more.

One of the most important functions of volunteers, Mann said, is to sit with patients for a few hours in order to give their caregivers a break.

She said a misconception is that working with hospice patients is depressing.

But as a volunteer with Life Care for a year before becoming the volunteer coordinator, Mann said spending time with patients is “an anti-depressant for me. It brings me up.”

To learn more about volunteering with Life Care, call 631-6607 or visit www.lifecarehospice.com.

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